Fairness, Respect and the Egalitarian Ethos Revisited

Journal of Ethics 14 (3-4):335-350 (2010)
This paper reconsiders some themes and arguments from my earlier paper “Fairness, Respect and the Egalitarian Ethos.” That work is often considered to be part of a cluster of papers attacking “luck egalitarianism” on the grounds that insisting on luck egalitarianism's standards of fairness undermines relations of mutual respect among citizens. While this is an accurate reading, the earlier paper did not make its motivations clear, and the current paper attempts to explain the reasons that led me to write the earlier paper, assesses the force of its arguments, and locates it in respect to work of Richard Arneson and Elizabeth Anderson. The paper concludes by bringing out what now appears to be the main message of the earlier paper: that the attempt to implement an “ideal” theory of equality can harm the very people that the theory is designed to help
Keywords Elizabeth Anderson  Richard Arneson  G. A. Cohen  Ronald Dworkin  Equality   Ethos  Fairness  Ideal justice  Justice  Luck egalitarianism  Robert Nozick  Respect  Responsibility
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